Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I was at Google Atmosphere 2011 and asked Dr. Vint Cerf a question on Internet authentication. I asked the question at the 18:10 mark in the webinar.
As I stated previously regarding Dr. Cerf, but it is worth me quoting me here :-) Above is a true living legend - Dr. Vint Cerf. Vint now works for Google. I have had the privilege of speaking with Vint on a number of occasions. It is better to be lucky than good and I have been lucky enough to get invited to events where Vint was at. Vint is VP & Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. I asked Vint the very first question of the entire conference. The question was a security question regarding true user authentication on the Internet today and what needs to be done to enable this. Vint said it was a tough question and gave a very thoughtful and detailed answer. He apologized to the audience for "geeking out" during his answer, but I appreciated it.
He, Bob Kahn and a few others claim the joint title of "father of the Internet". What is absolutely true is if you reduce the "father of the Internet" status down to just TCP/IP then the two individuals who claim that title are Cerf and Kahn. I was fortunate to meet both and have both sign the original TCP/IP white paper (twice). I have one and Neil Groundwater has the other original. As Bob Kahn told me at the time, "this better not be on eBay tonight!" I told him, "no, I will hold off until tomorrow." I then had to say, "I am kidding - this will never be sold." Both men are brilliant.
Every time I have seen Vint he is in a 3 piece suite which is his style. One of the interesting stories he told was that he has temperature and humidity sensors in his house grabbing readings every 5 minutes to properly balance out his ducts. Now THAT is a true geek :-)
The first time I met Vint was at Yorktown High School in VA when he was giving a talk on interplanetary IP. I walked into the auditorium a little ahead of Dr. Harry Foxwell who I was with at the time. Both Harry and I worked at Sun. I am walking toward the front when Vint says, "hey, come here and help me with this." I come running down. I do all the things Vint asked me to do - move some stuff, sweep up some things and help him get ready. I then ask, "Dr. Cerf, would you please sign this book." Vint then says, "who are you?" I reply, " I am Dave Edstrom from Sun Microsystems and I am here to listen to your talk." He then laughs, "I thought you were the janitor. Thanks for helping me out." It was great talk then and he is a great guy - even if he does think that I am this janitor stalker that follows him around the country asking him questions :-)
All of the Google Atmosphere 2011 videos are located here.
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